Hacker Shows How To Attack An Airplane’s Systems—Using A Phone
A German security researcher has demonstrated how easy it can be to hack into the digital systems of an airliner in flight using the right coding knowledge and hardware that’s not hard to get—including a Samsung smartphone.
"Once he was into the airplane’s computer, he was able to manipulate the steering of a Boeing jet while the aircraft was in ‘autopilot’ mode … Teso said he could take control of most all airplane systems; he could even cause the plane to crash by setting it on a collision course with another plane. He could also give the passengers a serious adrenaline rush by making the oxygen masks drop down.”
And he did it all with a Samsung Galaxy.
In fairness, from The Atlantic's James Fallows: “No one with an Android phone is going to make it impossible for a pilot to land any of today’s real planes.”